Building the Female Base in Sailing:
Ian Walker, Director of Racing at the Royal Yachting Association and winning skipper in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, talks sailing, the pathway, mixed team rules and how he hopes to increase participation and standard of women’s sailing.
How do you see the pathway for women in sailing working?
Certainly at the junior level it’s great with lots of opportunities but I think the challenge for men and women is how you get beyond that age range. There’s a big drop out at the end of the youth sailing and before you go on to the next stage, whether that be Olympic sailing, offshore races or even club racing in keelboats
How do you think the sailing …
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Extreme Snooze for Volvo Ocean Race:
(October 11, 2017; Day 4) – A prologue is that introductory scene to call attention to the main event, but for the Volvo Ocean Race, let’s hope for a bit more when the 2017-18 edition gets going later this month.
The non-scoring 680 nm Prologue leg was to give us that tease of ‘Life at the Extreme’ as it delivered the seven teams from their boat’s repair yard in Lisbon, Portugal to the start line in Alicante, Spain.
So much for that plan.
After the start on October 8 was delayed with the start line moved 20 nm in search of wind, Race Director Phil Lawrence finally stuck a fork in it today at 0800 UTC when the leading boats were approximately two hours from the compuls…
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